Although it can’t reproduce the sounds or smells of classic developer, stop bath, and fixer chemicals used for processing photographic prints, Koloid is a mostly faithful interpretation of the 19th century collodion procedure where a flammable liquid was used to create wet-plate images within minutes of being taken. Think of it as the precursor to Polaroid, but a whole lot messier. Like making prints in the darkroom, Koloid offers the user complete control over the final black-and-white image.
Gaming and television seem to be where the smart money hangs out these days, plus it just happens to be the focus of more than a couple of the hottest stories this week. As Apple TV owners, we just wish Cupertino could move a little faster on some much needed app integration. Meanwhile, what else is going on?
Independence Day has come and gone, and Bill Pullman hasn't made any speeches about taking back Earth. Alas, first contact will have to wait for another year. Hopefully Will Smith is still up for it when the aliens finally do come, but in the meantime, let's highlight some great free apps that slipped through the cracks over June.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. This week includes the brilliant puzzle platformer Limbo, as well as intriguing originals like Super Paper Pool and 1941 Frozen Front, plus major content additions to popular favorites like Angry Birds, Badland, and Groove Coaster Zero.
The iPad is built for multitasking, but Apple's idea of it can be somewhat limiting. The ability to quickly switch between apps is nice, but what we're really waiting for is a Dashboard-style environment for widgets; if not to truly multitask, then at least to access our important data at a glance. Morning is a bit like a stripped-down version of Status Board, sporting a set of panels that present the information you need to start your day without jumping around to a bunch of different apps. It looks great, with bold fonts, bright color themes, and crisp graphics, but ultimately its interface is just too simplistic to be taken seriously.
The United States is a young nation with a rich history that we celebrate every July 4. If you were to base it just off the events of that day, though, you'd think it's just a country that prides itself in pyrotechnics and eating in excess. Obviously, there's plenty more to it than that. If you want to learn more about the historical context of the rocket's red glare, do it from the white glow of your iOS device. Need fodder for a spirited Fourth of July discussion? We've gathered eight apps that will walk you through the important moments of American history, teach you about all of the major players that helped shape it, provide firsthand accounts from those who experienced it, and much more.
Limbo begins in darkness and near silence and doesn't stray much from either over the course of the side-scrolling adventure. It also doesn't feature any text beyond the menu screen and credits, save for a gargantuan neon hotel sign that punctuates the quest, nor does it mention the controls or detail any of the puzzle mechanics you'll encounter along the way. What could feel aimless is instead thoroughly gripping, as Limbo's brilliant and atmospheric quest makes exploring the unknown feel thrilling, terrifying, and ultimately fulfilling.
To die-hard news junkies, word that Google Reader would be put down like a sick animal came as quite a shock. Developers instead saw this as an opportunity to fill that gaping hole with something fresh – a challenge the new owners of Digg quickly attacked with their own shovels. The result is Digg Reader. It's not a separate product, but rather a feature bolted onto the existing web service and now added to the free, universal iOS app. For existing Digg users, the app offers the best of both worlds: All the Top Stories they know and love, plus favorite RSS feeds rescued from Google Reader. Sadly, it's rather short on features and functionality for RSS power users.
Back in the early '90s, the fighting game was king and arcades were consumed by a three-way battle between Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and the games created by SNK for its Neo-Geo system. Samurai Shodown was one of the latter, and its combination of samurai-movie tropes, gratuitous bloodshed, and weapons-based fighting immediately made it a fan favorite. Out of its numerous sequels, Samurai Shodown II has long been regarded to be one of the best 2D fighters of all time — and now, for better or worse, it's fully playable on iOS.
Like many iPhone users, we were blown away by iOS 7’s completely overhauled, gesture-based method for organizing and viewing photo libraries. Apparently, the folks at PhotoSocial were equally enthusiastic, rolling some of Apple’s ideas into version 2.0 of its own Photoful app. As in iOS 7, Photoful displays images based on the date they were taken, rather than organizing them into albums the way current iPhones do.